hybrid ecologies

August 26, 2007

Referring to Crabtree and Rodden,
“hybrid ecologies” correspond to a shift from media spaces (that LINK physical spaces through digital medium), mixed reality environments (that fuse physical and digital environments), ubiquitous computing (that embeds the digital into physical environments) to hybridization (that merges multiple environments physical and digital).

The main lessons from the ethnographic study they carried out are described as follows:

“The development of new computing environments gives rise to new forms of collaboration, not only in terms of how people engage in everyday activities together but also in terms of how they articulate collaboration means that a degree of interactional (including communicative) asymmetry is built into collaboration in hybrid ecologies. (…) Hybrid ecologies rely on the articulation of ‘fragments of embodied virtuality’ or fragmented interaction. (… interaction is distributed across distinct ecologies
In hybrid ecologies collaboration is distinctively concerned with the articulation of fragmented interaction. By fragmented interaction we mean that collaboration in hybrid ecologies is mediated by different mechanisms of interaction, which are differentially distributed among participants. (…) There is nothing inherently new about fragmented interaction, then, it inhabits collaboration everywhere as we switch between digital and physical media in course of our everyday activities. What is new, however, is the way in which collaboration is provided for in hybrid ecologies, through the interweaving of hybrid networks and hybrid models of space, and how mechanisms of interaction are articulated in hybrid ecologies.
fragmented interaction is articulated in two fun-damental ways in hybrid ecologies:
– Through the exercise of ordinary interactional competences.
– Through the use of digital representations of action and collaboration in real and virtual environments. “

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  1. I also found another interesting book about variable media approach when using the search with this keyword combination:

    Thinking of reality and virtual reality which make up new augmented space, in this space the new media is very much in changes. The book is about these issues in art.

    The physical fragility of film, the changes in broadcast media, the interactive experience of the Internet, the expansion of digital media: a rapidly transforming, mutating media environment challenges us as we seek to maintain a fundamental intention—preserving the integrity of an artwork.

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  3. I find this hybrid ecology thingy very very interesting from my point of view being possible to narratives to be part of them in terms of describing giving potential or actual affordances of a given landscape even in the middle of its sensory experience. For instance, a guy and a gal on a date are walking in the street and he points smewhere and starts explaining that once his car stopped by the corner, engine dead, and everybody started honking and screaming at him. Now, the car is not there, nobody is honking. Still, she pictures the scene and basically starts feeling anxious about it. Eventually she laughs. He basically ‘furnished’ the environmental setting providing potential affordances of items that aren’t actually there. Can this be addressed as sort of an hybrid ecology entailing both actual perception of an given landscape and action potential provided by narrative clues? In that case, a comparative study of tourist guides and novels describing the very same place may be pretty much interesting in this respect!

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